Saturday, August 29, 2009

Let's Get Personal

We're gonna switch gears here a little bit and I want to share some scrap-booking I've been working on with you.

To start things off, I want to share with you a scrapbook I have been working on and what inspired me to do this project.

A few years ago I got into scrapbooking, but I was making them for other people.  For my first scrapbook, I made one for my best friend after her baby shower.  After that, I made a few other ones here and there for some other friends.

Back a few months ago, I decided to get back into scrapbooking.  While I am working on a few scrapbooks at one time, the one I want to share with you is my “2009” scrapbook.  For this scrapbook, I thought it would be a good idea to make it in to a yearbook style scrapbook.  So, this book starts at the beginning of the year and includes all major events and some every day events (i.e. holidays, birthdays, girl’s nights, and more).  The best part about this scrapbook, in my opinion, is that it’s a work in progress and I get to take my time with it.  When it’s all done, it will be nice to sit back and look at the whole year and then get ready to start one for 2010!

I just received newly printed pictures, so I can start working on this book again.  In the meantime, keep a look out for updates on this book and postings on other books I'm working on.

Ciao, -Vicki

The inside cover

New Years & A Night Out : A High School Event I Chaired

Saint Patty's Day & A Night W. the Boys : The Circus W. My Cousin's Kids

Camping & A Night Out : My Trip to New Orleans & Baton Rouge

Celebrating My Birthday in Pittsburgh & Celebrating My Birthday in Baltimore

Friday, August 21, 2009

We're Turning Ten!!

To start things off, I find it only appropriate to share with you the first event I handled as the lead planner! I must say, I was quite excited about the final outcome!

When children's museums turn 10, it's time to throw a party - and it better be a BIG one!

For this particular event, I worked with a NY Club theme. But, since the event took place at the museum we also needed to showcase what the museum was all about. The space truely allowed us to conqour both of our goals! But, it didn't come together without a lot of work. My vendors and staff couldn't have been any better. They were awesome! The event took a total of 18 hours to set-up, 4 hours to take place, and 2 hours to break down!

Just to name a few things I had brought in
  • 25 - Stand-Up Cocktail Tables
  • 25 - Sit-Down Cocktail Tables
  • 20 - Banquet Tables
  • 150 - Black Wood Chairs
  • 80 - Black Chiavari Bar Stools
  • 70 Pieces of Linen (Spandex & Polyester)
  • 6 - Portable Bars
  • 5 - 42" Plasma Screens
  • 1 - 20' Screen (for behind main stage)
  • Centerpieces
  • Club Lounge Furniture (Love Seats, Chairs, End Tables, and more)
  • And much much more...
Enough about what went into making the event. Let's see the final product!


As for most events, lighting was key! This particular venue was easy to work with when it came to lighting. While we had to bring some outsourced lighting in, the museum was a night club before becoming the museum and the night club left all their fixtures behind. Best part, they still worked! :o) But, to bring in more lighting elements, we had illuminated cocktail tables. As you can see in the last picture, the tables that had white spandex linen on them had an LED light fixture under the table that changed colors. It was a fantastic way of incorporating club style lighting!

Oh, and last but certainly not least... THE CENTERPIECES!

Sadly, the pictures don't do the centerpieces justice. But, you get the idea of what we did!

A purple martini was the signature drink of the event. So, we re-created our own version of the martini. The floral gel in the glass was dyed purple (although the camera flash makes it appear green). The stem of the class was wrapped with purple wire. Ten green marbles with small red felt dots were placed around the base of the glass to symbolize the museum's 10 years. There were also multi-colored foam olives on skewers coming out of the glass.

For my first event as the lead planner, I was ecstatic with the final outcome. It took a lot of energy to bring it all together, but when my client told me they couldn't be happier I knew it was a huge success and I couldn't be happier!

I sure hope you enjoyed my first post and keep a look out for my next what will be coming soon!



Allow Me to Introduce Myelf...

Before getting all hot & heavy into my postings, I think it's only appropriate to introduce myself in hopes of you saying, "Gee, maybe this chick actually knows what she's talking about!" :o)

I am 24 and have lived in Baltimore my entire life - with the exception of living in Pittsburgh for 4 years for college. I graduated from Carlow Univerity with a degree in Mass Communication and a minor in Busniess Management. I used my degree to break into the event planning world. I have been working full-time as an event planner for 2 years now. I have an absolute blast doing it. Not only do I get to be creative and use my imagination every day, but I throw parties for a living! Whether it be a wedding, gala, mitzvah, festival, or any other event, I love having my creativity tested to the max!

My work is not the only place I get to use my imagination. I love spending my spare time being crafty and imaginative as well. Scrapbooking, cooking, reading, and re-decorating a room are only a few ways I like to spend my extra time.

Stay tuned to see events I have planned and brought to life as well as events I am working on, what crafty projects I'm doing, and anything else I think you will enjoy reading about! I sure you enjoy what I have done as much as I have!

Cheers, Vicki